An uncle of the man taken into custody in connection with the shooting told DailyExpertNews he saw no warning signs that would lead him to believe that his cousin might have been involved in such a tragedy.
Paul A. Crimo said he spoke at length to police on Monday about his cousin, Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, saying that “it appears he is the suspect.”
“My heart is broken. I’m so devastated,” said Paul. “There were no signs I saw that would make him do this.”
He said he has never seen Bobby display violence or problematic behavior. “I have nothing bad to say about him,” he said.
Paul said he is not aware of his cousin’s political views.
“He’s a quiet kid,” he said. “He’s usually alone. He is a lonely, quiet person. He keeps everything to himself.”
Bobby lives in an apartment behind his father’s house — and Paul’s brother — Robert Crimo Jr., he said. Paul also lives in the house in the town of Highwood, he said.
He never saw friends come to Bobby’s house, he said, and as far as he knew, Bobby didn’t have a job, even though he worked at Panera Bread before the coronavirus pandemic. Paul described him as active on YouTube.
“I hang out with him, but I don’t like hanging out with him. I say hello and when I leave, I say goodbye. That’s it,” he said, though noting that he’s known Bobby from birth knows.
Paul said he last saw his cousin Sunday night, when Bobby was sitting on a recliner in the house looking at his computer. He said Bobby was probably in his room when he got home. “Everything was as normal,” he said.
Paul said he spoke to the FBI around 2:30 p.m. Monday after he returned home and that they “got me through the bell.” His brother, who was not home at the time, authorized law enforcement officers to search the house, he said.
“We are good people here, and this is devastating,” Paul told DailyExpertNews, also noting that his brother once became mayor. “I am so heartbroken for all the families who have lost their lives.”